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Phoenix Suns Q&A: Shannon Brown
New Suns guard sounds off on basketball, Michigan State, his time in Los Angeles, more
Question: How did basketball become your sport?
Answer: My dad used to open the gym around the neighborhood, at the grammar school I went to. If I did good in school, I could go. If I didn’t, I couldn’t go. That’s when I got introduced to basketball, in first grade, but baseball was the first sport I ever played. I played that until eighth grade, but I figured I’d concentrate on basketball in high school.
Q: Would you be in the majors if you had stuck with baseball?
A: I think so. Every once in awhile, I still need to get a fix and go to the batting cages and try to find a rhythm hitting 85 to 90 mph.
Q: What were the best things you got out of Michigan State in life and basketball?
A: College is the best years of your life. That’s where you go to find yourself with freedom away from home. I grew up and came into my own. That’s where I really first learned to play basketball. Going there, it was all rough and raw talent. I learned how to run plays, what to look for, how to play defense, schemes. That’s where I started to learn how to play basketball.
Q: Did you ever wonder early in your NBA career if you were going to stick, with all the D-League time, injuries and being let go?
A: Foolish pride. I always just figured it was another obstacle that I can’t let beat me. Foolish confidence got me through. When I first started playing basketball, it was like a foreign object to me. I didn’t know how to dribble. I didn’t know how to pass. I didn’t know anything that was going on. I just knew everybody was playing it and it was the thing to do. When I first started playing, what drove me was people saying that I couldn’t. Every time I get it, they were stealing the ball. I’m getting frustrated. I’m shooting air balls. I was like, ‘Man, I’ve got to do something about this.’
Q: Don’t you still hear those doubts about your game?
A: That’s what drives me. That’s the motivation that I need, love and embrace. When people say I can’t, I get better every year and elevate. I won a national championship in AAU and never won a high school championship. I got a Final Four at Michigan State and won two championships in the NBA. Now I’ve got to elevate my game as an individual and meet my full potential.
Q: More players have established themselves and spend a career chasing the ring. You’ve got the rings and are looking to establish yourself more individually now and still win.
A: I’m just trying to be the best player I can possibly be, and the sky’s the limit.
Q: Where do you keep your rings?
A: In the house. I’ve got a safe. I keep them locked up.
Q: How do you feel about your short time in Phoenix after living in Los Angeles?
A: It’s totally different. It’s better. It fits me in the sense that I’m laid back. I don’t need a lot of attention. I can drive through without my windows tinted with no problem. My main focus is basketball and getting better every day. The city is great. You can’t get lost in Phoenix. You get on the wrong expressway in LA, and you’re in Sacramento.
Q: How is the newlywed life with Monica?
A: It’s fun. It’s a heck of experience. I can really say I’ve got a good girl. I’ve got a loyal girl. She does whatever she can to help make it easy on me. With her being in the game for 16 years with her music career and going through a lot as a kid, it’s beautiful.
Q: Does she need to be in LA or are you able to be here together?
A: She balances it. I haven’t seen her in a week. She came with me when I first got here and stayed through the scrimmage. When we’re together, we spend a lot of time together. We spend a lot of time talking and texting. We love being in each other’s presence. We’ve got a lot that we can learn from each other from different ends of the spectrum. The more we talk and get in-depth, we see the similarities in the stuff we went through. Parents, life in general, the streets, relationships.
Q: How did you two meet?
A: On her video set. They wanted me to be in a video. It almost didn’t happen a couple times. The way she embraced me and walked me around the set, she was real down to earth. She was normal. She wasn’t acting like she’d been in the game 16 years and sold 20 million records. We hit it off. Then we had a little glitch. Then we got back. Six months later, we got married.
Q: What was the video?
A: It’s called “Love All Over Me.” I was her man (Monica wears his jersey). We actually end up getting married in the video. Six months later, we got married in real life. We did it justice of the peace style in LA. I had a guy come to the house and marry us legally. We’ve been married a year and a month. Then we did a big ceremony July 9. We did it at the Vibiana Cathedral. It literally was flawless, thanks to Mindy Weiss. (Paul Coro – AZCentral.com)